Eating Thailand

We were eating Thailand.  We ate from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, from Sukhothai to Chiang Rai, from Chiang Mai back to Bangkok. February 2015 As one guy remarked when I was in...

14 Hours in Irkutsk

14 hours in Irkutsk, Siberia, in the winter. What to do?  Plenty—if you have the good luck to find two very kind and generous people. When I mentioned I was taking...

Beijing, not Peking, duck

A cold wind and a day of walking can take you to unexpected places and Beijing, not Peking, duck. Walking down a street in Beijing at the end of December, the...

No more famous sign than this!

November 7 through 10, 2014 Sometimes I just need a Western Americana road trip headed down a wide-open highway towards a fine steak, ponies and jazz. Sometimes I just need to...

The rush of tourists to Geneva, Chamonix, Mont Blanc or Burgundy sweeps them past beautiful, medieval Annecy.   Unless you’ve wandered too far south from the Swiss lowlands around Lake Geneva...

This seasoned American traveler loved dinner with the seasoned French chef. August 2014 Among the blessings bestowed on the independent traveler is the ability to act on a whim including dinner...

Travel Blog, Eiffel Tower

Travel Blog: Top 10 Paris Treats + One Wander where you will and Paris will surprise you. I probably get to Paris too often. I mean, there’s a whole world out...

Milwaukee to Minneapolis, April 27, 29, and 29, 2014 It’s drizzling on Sunday morning as my friend drops me off at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. This is where my Amtrak Hiawatha...

Chicago-Milwaukee. April 25th, 26th and 27th 2014. I’m scheduled for the 3:15 afternoon Hiawatha train from Chicago to Milwaukee. It’s only 10:30 and I have time to spare. Packed my roll-on...

November 26, 2013. Patzcuaro, Mexico. Eat off the streets and you’re gonna die! Right? Well, not really. I mean, not really if you are smart about it. First, let’s establish a...